Tara Zimmerman

2017 BIOAg Symposium – March 1st

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | January 17, 2017

SAVE THE DATE!  CSANR is organizing a BIOAg Symposium in Pullman this winter on March 1st.  The event will include a BIOAg poster session (with student prizes!) and a keynote speaker.  Please plan to participate!

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The 2017 BIOAg Symposium poster session is scheduled for March 1st from 2pm to 5pm in Ensminger Pavilion on the WSU campus in Pullman, WA.  Posters on relevant topics are welcome from students, faculty, and others.  The poster content should relate to the idea of biologically intensive agriculture (farming practices and systems that rely on biological processes which are renewable, non-polluting, and mutually beneficial to both farmers and society) or to organic farming.  The BIOAg Poster Session is meant to share information, build teamwork, and to help the BIOAg program refine future priorities.

Special Note to Students and Faculty Advisors:  Student posters (graduate and undergraduate) will be eligible for a Best Student Poster Award in the form of a $500 scholarship.  Please encourage students to submit a poster!

To present a poster, please submit a poster title, list of authors, and short abstract (<250 words) to Tara Zimmerman goldsmitht@wsu.edu by Feb. 13th. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Feb. 17th.  Please see poster instructions for further details.

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Proposals requested for 2017 Kaiser Conservation Endowment

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | December 6, 2016

Proposals are now being accepted to the Kaiser Conservation Endowment to fund small projects for promotion and demonstration of conservation practices targeting soil erosion, as described HERE.  Application deadline is January 16, 2017.

Proposals are sought that fund the training of college and K-12 students and constituents, including curriculum development, field trips, teaching aids, audio/visual or other education-related activities. Funds are open to Washington State University, University of Idaho, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Conservation Districts, and colleges in Washington and Idaho. However, proposals must have a strong linkage to WSU, the University of Idaho, Conservation Districts, and/or NRCS. Funds are limited to the Inland Empire – the area east of the Washington Cascades and north of the Salmon River in Idaho.

Successful 2016 applicants should attach a progress report to any new or continuing proposal.

Proposals are not to exceed $5,000. Up to three grants will be awarded for this current funding cycle. Instructions for proposal format can be found on the Kaiser Conservation Endowment page.

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Soil: What’s It Worth – Nov. 11

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | October 28, 2016

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This year the annual Tilth conference brings together farmers and ag professionals dedicated to improving soil quality at an all-day Friday Symposium, “Soil: What’s it Worth”, held November 11th, at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Join a panel of Northwest researchers, who’s on-farm results directly point to the dollars and cents connection between soil management and farm economics. The panel and presentations will explore the connections between soil health and farm production, pests, fertility and produce quality. Poster submissions are also welcomed for a soil-themed session during the event.

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Urban Food-Energy-Water Summit: Nov 18th

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | October 20, 2016
Envisioning the future of the regional food system. Photo: L. Allen.

Envisioning the future of the regional food system. Photo: L. Allen.

 

An interactive summit focusing on the future of the food system in the greater Seattle metropolitan area will be held on Friday, November 18, at the Brightwater Convention Center in Woodinville, WA.

Hosted by Washington State University (WSU) Metro Food Energy Water Seed Grant Research Team, the Urban Food-Energy-Water Summit provides an opportunity for the public to gain a deeper understanding of food, energy and water (FEW) interdependence in the greater Seattle area. A morning keynote address and panel discussion will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. and is open to the public. This will include presentations about research and discussions addressing the need for integrated natural resource management approaches. The panel discussion will be a forum for diverse stakeholders to share their perspectives on challenges and opportunities for local food and agriculture.

A by-invitation afternoon breakout session and luncheon will be held after the public portion of the Summit from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will discuss the various characteristics of resilient regional food systems. They will also assist in identifying future research directions that will support local decision makers when developing policies. Please contact Liz Allen if you would like an invitation to the afternoon session.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP at www.urbanfew.brownpapertickets.com. For more information about this summit, visit www.metrocenter.wsu.edu/metrofew-summit2016. To learn more about the Urban Food, Energy and Water project, visit http://metrocenter.wsu.edu/metrofew/.

 

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BIOAg proposals sought for 2017

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | September 15, 2016

The 2017 BIOAg request for proposals is now available!

The goal of the BIOAg solicitation is to engage WSU faculty to advance the development, understanding, and use of biologically-intensive, organic and sustainable agriculture in Washington State. BIOAg funding can be requested for three purposes: to stimulate new research initiatives, to augment existing research to address critical gaps, and to move existing, game-changing research out into the real world.

Please read the RFP and application forms carefully; changes have been made from prior solicitations.  The RFP is available on BIOAg Grant Program page.

Letter of intent are requested by Nov. 18th, and project proposals are due Dec. 14th.

 

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Orchard Netting Field Day – August 17

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | August 16, 2016
Honeycrisp apples like these are the subject of the trial. Photo: D. Rivard via Flickr c.c.

Honeycrisp apples like these are the subject of the trial. Photo: D. Rivard via Flickr c.c.

Orchard netting is becoming more and more apart of infrastructure for large scale tree fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest. Netting provides a physical barrier from extreme weather like hail, excessive solar radiation and wind, as well as from birds and other pests. This horticultural innovation also helps create a microclimate beneath the netting that is conducive for better fruit quality and production. To learn more about their physical, physiological, and beneficial effects come out to the upcoming WSU Field Day in Quincy, WA on August 17th. More information can be found HERE.

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Anaerobic Digestion Systems Field Day – June 9th

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | May 17, 2016

Thursday, June 9th 8:30am-3:00pm

Edaleen Dairy & Honcoop Farms

MORE INFORMATION AND FREE REGISTRATION HERE

The event is FREE but registration is required to ensure ample lunch and bus transportation.

We invite you to participate in our upcoming field day focusing on anaerobic digestion and nutrient recovery.  Come to hear from WSU researchers and their commercial partners about anaerobic digestion and nutrient recovery, and the lessons they’ve learned over the past three years.

Topics will include: fine solids recovery; advanced nutrient recovery approaches; nutrient recovery products and their agronomic use; water quality and food safety issues; economics; and the potential for integration of biochar with AD systems.

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Reduced Tillage Organic Agriculture & Cover Crop Research Field Day

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | April 18, 2016

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 When

Monday, April 25, 2016

1:00 to 3:00 PM

Where

2606 W Pioneer, Puyallup, WA  98371

WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center

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WSU researchers and cooperating farmers are evaluating cover crops and equipment for use in organic reduced tillage production. This spring field day will highlight winter cover crops and strategies for incorporating reduced tillage. Come tour research plots and discuss the evolution of this production system.

Highlighted topics will include:

  • No-till and strip-till vegetables
  • Cover crop selection
  • Precision cover cropping
  • Cover crop management
  • Soil quality
  • Organic fertility
  • Equipment

Equipment demonstrations are planned with a high residue cultivator and newly designed powered strip tiller.

Light refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring along a brown bag lunch

No advance registration necessary. For more information contact Doug Collins, dpcollins@wsu.edu or 253.445.4658. See more about the project and sign up for our e-newsletter at: http://eorganic.info/group/4988

Washington State University Extension engages people, organizations, and communities to advance knowledge, economic well-being, and quality of life by fostering inquiry, learning, and the application of research. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Doug Collins at 2606 W Pioneer, Puyallup, WA,98371;  253.445.4658;  dpcollins@wsu.edu  at least two weeks prior to the event.

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2016 SARE PDP Grant Funds Announced

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 25, 2016

SARE_Western_Logo_LowThe SARE Professional Development Program (PDP) is now accepting mini-grant applications for both attending a professional development event and hosting a professional development event.

Grant amounts have been increased from prior years to better accommodate the needs of applicants, in response to a survey of eligible ag professionals.  Also, as a result of the survey, priority will be given to program staff for “Attending” grants, and to “Hosting” grants that target a Conservation District audience.  Please read the RFP carefully; it has changed.

Please see the SARE PDP Program page for more information and for application instructions.  Applications will be screened after March 24th, or until funds are exhausted.

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Reduced Tillage Organic Ag & Cover Crop Research Field Day

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 4, 2016

 Save the Date:  April 25th at WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center

WSU researchers and cooperating farmers are evaluating cover crops and equipment for use in organic reduced tillage production. This spring field day will highlight winter cover crops and strategies for incorporating reduced tillage. Come tour research plots and discuss the evolution of this production system. See the flyer here for more detail (click for pdf download):

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Email: goldsmitht@wsu.edu